Local activists in central Ohio are trying to save a century-old downtown orphanage that officials say has become a hazard and must be torn down.
Last week, county commissioners in Newark, east of Columbus, said they will seek bids for the demolition of the crumbling Licking County Children's Home.
That came after a large section of the building's facade crashed to the ground, leading the county to fence in the three-story brick building.
On Tuesday, two local businessmen asked commissioners to reconsider the plan to tear it down. They are seeking support for restoring the building and converting it to a job-training center and affordable housing.
The orphanage opened in 1886 and was decommissioned in 1975. After that, it served a number of tenants before closing in 2009.